Powering Communities Program


The Powering Communities Program will provide $10.2 million in grants to help not-for-profit community organisations reduce energy use, improve energy productivity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

The program aims to save energy and reduce power bills through:

  • upgrading equipment to reduce energy consumption
  • undertaking energy management activities and assessments, such as energy systems assessments and feasibility studies
  • investing in energy monitoring and management systems
  • investing in on-site renewable energy and solar-connected batteries.


To be eligible a community organisation must be invited to apply by a Member of Parliament (MP).

Invited applicants can submit an application to for assessment against the eligibility criteria in the grant opportunity guidelines.

Eligible projects include:

  • installing solar PV systems and solar-connected batteries
  • replacing some energy using equipment with new, more efficient equipment
  • energy audits and monitoring equipment.

The full list of eligible activities are set out in the grant opportunity guidelines.

Available grants

Up to $67,700 will be available to fund up to 12 projects in each federal electorate.

  • The minimum grant amount is $5,000
  • The maximum grant amount is $12,000.

How to apply

The grant opportunity guidelines and information about the application process are available at

MPs can commence community consultation to start identifying projects from 30 March 2021.

Applications open (for invited applicants only) on 1 July 2021 9:00 am AEST.

MP nominations close on 6 September 2021 and applications close on 20 September 2021 5:00 pm AEST.

Enquiries about the program can be directed to AusIndustry’s contact centre on 13 28 46 or through their online enquiry form at

Read more

Lowering energy costs for community groups across Australia The Hon Angus Taylor, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, media release 30 March 2021

GrantConnect Australian Government

Powering Communities Program factsheet (PDF 350KB)